In the fastest growing state in the country, Utah County’s birth rate is the highest in the US, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
And Cache County isn’t far behind.
Nicole Stone, an epidemiologist in the Utah Health Department, said Cache County statistics are comparable to Utah County’s rate of 20.8 births per thousand people in 2015.
“Cache County comes in at 19.6 births per thousand,” said Stone.
There are more total births each year in Utah County, given its population of 575,000, relative to Cache County’s 120,000.
“The statistics from 2015 indicate Utah’s statewide birth rate was 17 births per 1,000 population while the national rate was 12.9.”
Stone said Utah has produced fewer babies in recent years and that follows U.S. trends.